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Polymorph (Shape Lock, US)
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Plastic chips that soften at about 60įC (in hot water) and can be moulded by hand before setting rock hard.


This homework assignment was completed in an evening (about 90 minutes) thanks to Polymorphís rapid melting and hardening cycle using just hot water, and was immense fun for both dad and son.
. . . I stumbled across Polymorph in the Maplins (UK) catalogue and thought it might come in handy for something or other. In the US this product is branded as the products, Shape Lock, and Friendly Plastic). Itís great for moulding small components, robot hands, robot, doll or puppet faces or dolls house items for example. We used it most recently to make the White Blood Cell for a homework assignment.
. . . polymorphItís a very low melting point plastic, that sets as tough as polypropylene (itís almost indestructible when itís set). A useful quantity (250g), in granule form, only costs about £10 ($10 in the US). When you want to use it you just put the granules in a jug and pour boiling water over them. After about two minutes in the hot water the granules which started out opaque white, go transparent, start to agglomerate and soften (itís softening temperature is approximately 60C (160F). Once it is transparent, you pour the water away (none is absorbed at all), and the lump of plastic can be taken from the jug and molded to any shape. When hot, it is very malleable and yet it is just about cool enough to manipulate with your bare hands. However, younger children should not be allowed to handle the hot plastic, and children of 12 years and over will need some supervision.
. . . The hot plastic may be formed easily and holds its shape reasonably well once formed while it is setting. However, it is not a perfect modeling clay (which ideally would be perfectly plastic), because there is a degree of elasticity to its behavior. Nevertheless the brilliant thing about it is that within a few minutes as it cools, it quickly hardens into a very tough rigid white plastic. It is completely reusable. If you are not happy with the result, simply return it to the hot water and it softens again.
. . . The product specification and instructions claim that you can machine the hardened plastic. I would beg to differ on this point. The average person's home machining tools are not water cooled, and so the typical equipment like electric drills and jigsaws that you might use, will generate so much heat in the process of machining, from friction, that the material rapidly goes over its softening point and it becomes impossible to get a good finish. In addition to that, itís far too tough to carve with a knife when it is set. In fact, attempting to do so could be very dangerous if the piece is not held down properly because it is very slippery. My advice is to use Polymorph to make selected components within your model and aim to make them entirely by molding in the few minutes of soft-time you have after you have heated the material.
. . . Once you are happy with the result, the hardened material can be coloured in using permanent markers, or painted with acrylic tube or spray paint.

Ploymorph may be bought from a Maplin store or by on-line mail order in the UK, go to Maplin online store here ,or if you live in the US you can buy the US version, Shapelock online from Shapelock.com here. Have fun.

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This is your guide on how to easily make your models look great using a few simple tools and supplies. If you get the right glue and paint, then you can make a fabulous model out of more or less anything. tube of acrylic paint Here are few tips about getting the right stuff, so that you wonít be wasting your time waiting for rubbish glue to dry or paint that doesnít bullet point permanent markercover the surface properly. One of the things that frustrated me as a child was the rubbish stuff we kids had to use when doing any kind of craft work.

Professionals and art studios use a whole range of proper graphic products: Performance glues (hot melt glues, double sided sticky tape, and Spray Mount), really sharp knives (scalpels), dense (permanent markers and lightweight but stiff mounting boards, (foamboard) that are now all available cheaply on the web or every in DIY shops, Red LEDand all make it possible to make more or less anything and make it look superb. So really there is no reason to waste the valuable time you spend with your kids trying to make things using feeble glues that take forever to dry, felt pens that rub off on your hands, or useless cardboard that doesnít fold right. Get a few nice bits and pieces and make your place an Aladdinís Cave of wonderful making and doing things.

spray mount canThe idea of making things with or for your kids is that you work on these projects together. For some of the more complex ones you will be doing most of the work, but as long as they are participating then they are learning and getting confidence from seeing how to solve problems and follow a plan. Some of the projects especially the paper folding and maybe even the easier pompom ones are suitable for children to tackle on their own, but whatever their skill level they should never be left alone with potentially dangerous equipment.

Craft knives and scalpels are very sharp and should never be used by a child, or left unattended where children are making stuff.

Glue guns get very hot and the melted glue is not only very hot but also very sticky. Children should not be allowed to use a glue gun unsupervised and if they are using it under supervision they need to be shown which bits get hot and learn how to use the glue without getting the hot melt glue on their fingers. safety warning symbol If a burn occurs get the glue off the finger as quickly as possible and run under cold water for at least five minutes. Turn your glue gun off after using it and put it to the back of the work surface out of reach, while it cools down. Make sure the wire isnít trailing anywhere that might get tripped over. (All sounds like common sense, but we have had every type of minor accident!)

Superglue (cynoacrylate) sticks skin together permanently. In the hands of adults this feature can be tricky, in the hands of children superglue is downright dangerous and children should never be allowed to use it under any circumstances.

Permanent markers are just that; permanent, and will mark clothes, permanently, best to wear old clothes or an apron when doing painting and using permanent markers. They also mark table tops and carpet rather nicely and will bleed through one layer of normal paper to mark a table top underneath, so always put down another sheet of paper under your work, if using a marker to draw on paper.


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